Easy, refreshing recipes for decent summer season days from America’s Check Kitchen: NPR

NPR’s Aisha Rascoe talks with Julia Colleen Davison and Bridget Lancaster of “America’s Check Kitchen” about the perfect easy recipes for a sizzling summer season weekend.



Aisha Rascoe, host:

This has been a sizzling summer season. With the Fourth of July simply across the nook, we’re in search of some chilly recipes to assist us cool off. This implies stepping away from the grill or oven and opening the freezer. Julia Colleen Davison and Bridget Lancaster are right here to assist. They host “America’s Check Kitchen” on PBS and be a part of us no longer removed from America’s Check Kitchen headquarters in Boston. Welcome to each.

Julia Colleen Davison: Hello.

Bridget Lancaster: Thanks for having us.

Rascoe: So, first off, what are your summer season staples?

DAVISSON: Two components – one, contemporary berries as a result of they do not style pretty much as good right here, you understand, within the Northeast, a minimum of, as they do through the summer season. So strawberries, raspberries, blueberries – it all the time has one thing in it as a result of a minimum of you’ll be able to pour slightly crème fraîche over it and be performed with it. Serve with a cookie, and also you’re performed.

Rasco: Okay. So get the whipped cream, the cookies, some berries, and…

Davison: That is it.

RASCOE: Fourth of July – glad (laughter).

Davison: That is it. Good and straightforward. You should utilize Reddi-wip.

Rasco: Okay.

Davison: I’ve nothing in opposition to Reddi-wip…

Rasco: Okay.

DAVISSON: …Or, you understand, slightly heavy cream. You do not even have to whip him. Simply spray it on.

Rasco: Okay.

DAVISSON: Oh, and serve it with biscotti. Sure.

Rasco: Okay.

DAVISSON: In order that’s one. The opposite is coconut milk as a result of you are able to do a lot with it. I really like making popsicles, and it is a actually brief recipe. It is slightly salt. It is slightly little bit of coconut flakes. I take advantage of the unsweetened stuff, however you need to use sweetened stuff if you would like. Slightly vanilla, slightly honey and coconut milk. We have now actual recipes for that, however these are the fundamental components. Typically, I add slightly cinnamon or floor cloves – which provides it a horchata-like style. Combine it up, put it in a popsicle mildew, and voila!

RASCOE: So, Bridget, what’s your favourite recipe that you just sort of maintain prepared?

LANCASTER: You understand, when summer season comes – I’ve two youngsters. Once they convey all their pals over and even when my pals convey me over, you’ll be able to have a sort of last-minute ice cream celebration and you’ll have toasted coconut and chocolate chips and chocolate syrup and issues like that. However I feel the opposite factor – the opposite two massive summer season components – one among them is – properly, it is wine as a result of…

Rascoe: Yeah, yeah, yeah – want quite a lot of that.

DAVISSON: (Laughter).

Lancaster: Wine makes ice cream higher…

Davison: Element.

Lancaster: …about grownup sweets. That is for positive. And the opposite factor I wish to eat is – I really wish to eat pound cake as a result of I feel pound cake and slightly little bit of whipped cream and a few contemporary berries, like Julia says. And I do not even thoughts if individuals assault Sarah Lee.

Rasco: Okay.

Lancaster: You’d higher make it your self. However, you understand, do what you gotta do – particularly on a sizzling day.

Rascoe: We talked about drinks. Do you have got any drink suggestions to liven issues up or, you understand, cool issues down at your summer season occasion?

Lancaster: Effectively, I gotta inform you, a pleasant massive pitcher of sangria is all the time a good suggestion, you understand? And you may change up the wine, you understand, so long as it is a actually chilly wine. So a shiny crimson or white or a extremely fairly rose with berries is simply beautiful. I feel this is among the best methods to be a winner, particularly because it will get higher if it sits for a day within the fridge. It is simply great.

Rascoe: And so – and do you keep away from excessive spices on a sizzling summer season day, or do you lean towards them?

DAVISSON: Oh, I am inclined to. I imply, if it helps you quiet down since you’re feeling slightly sizzling across the collar otherwise you’re sweating, that is good.

Lancaster: That is proper. And if it is sizzling sufficient and also you’re sweating sufficient, you will not should go to the gymnasium.

Rasco: No (laughter).

Davison: Sure. That is a incontrovertible fact, is not it, Bridget?

Lancaster: Confirmed. Confirmed.

Rasco: Are there belongings you keep away from, although?

Davison: Sure. You understand, what I actually do not like is issues which might be too greasy. You understand, I really like potato salad, however typically, if it is actually wealthy and it is outdoors within the warmth, you understand, it might probably’t maintain for very lengthy. Most individuals suppose that mayonnaise is what spoils it, however it’s not. They’re really easy starches. So it is potatoes and pasta if it is pasta salad. So, if you wish to put them in – put them in an ice tray or bowl of ice to assist maintain them chilly.

LANCASTER: Yeah, I’d say the “fatty” meals, quote, unquote, the meals I crave probably the most in the summertime is fried meals. I really like fried oysters, I really like fried rooster, I really like something fried as a result of – to me, it simply – means you are outdoors and also you’re – perhaps you are by the water, and also you’re consuming – you understand, it is such as you’re at a carnival or one thing… .

Rasco: Sure.

Lancaster: …however the meals is significantly better. So far as meals to keep away from, I feel the actually heavy ones – massive roast beef or one thing…

Rasco: Sure.

Lancaster: …On the grill.

Rasco: Like lasagna or one thing (laughter).

Lancaster: Oh my God. Oh, my God. That is why we now have to fall..

Rasco: Sure. Sure. Sure.

Lancaster: …Do you know?

(He laughed)

LANCASTER: I feel that is simply the best way it’s, you understand? Like, get me by way of swimsuit season…

Rasco: Sure.

Lancaster: …Perhaps I am going to check out the lasagna.

(He laughed)

RASCOE: That is Bridget Lancaster and Julia Colleen Davison, hosts of “America’s Check Kitchen.” Thanks each for becoming a member of us.

Lancaster: Our full pleasure. Thanks very a lot, and glad summer season.

Davison: It was a pleasure speaking to you, Aisha. I’ve a good suggestion.

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